Badalona is a fun, classic mountaineering adventure up the ESE face of Gorro Frigi. This is an old-school route in every sense. The route wanders all over the face, in search of the path of least resistance, causing ridiculous rope drag despite the virtually non-existant pro. Despite the modest grade, this is in no way a route for beginners. One 40m pitch has only two bolts, neither of which are likely to hold in the event of a lead fall. This is "Leader Must Not Fall" territory, and for that matter, the second better not fall either since almost every pitch involves at least one dramatic, unprotected traverse. It would be very easy for the second to deck on the first pitch. Since this route first went up, several more direct, modern routes have been added that cross this route, some several times. Beware of other parties on the face as you may intersect at some point. Also the addition of modern bolts on these newer routes can make routefinding more challenging, but the updated belay bolts are a real plus.
Despite all of the drawbacks, this is an excellent adventure, and a great way to sample the treasure of Montserrat climbing. The rock is excellent and the views are unparalleled. Competent parties can fire this off in a couple of hours, leaving plenty of time to explore nearby areas or tour the Monastery.
1. 5.5, X. Climb straight up for about 30´ to an old bolt. Clip the bolt, then head almost straight left and slightly up for a long runout, to a sling-able cobble and an old bolt. Make another long runout, left & slightly up, to a bolted anchor in a horizontal pod.
2. 5.7 R. Head straight left for 15 feet. Clip a bolt, then head straight up for around 40 feet, to an optional belay station. Head straight left again, to another bolt, then head up & slightly right over steep terrain to a whitish flake. Its easy to get off route here, following closely spaced black bolts up & slightly left. If you follow the bolted route, it is possibly to get back on route by traversing straight right when you reach the belay station of yellow bolts. If you take the route to the flake, continue up above the flake to a bolted anchor on a sloping ledge.
3. 5.8, G. Crux pitch. Head mostly straight up from the belay (slightly right), aiming for the 2-foot roof above. You should pass 2 bolts en route to the roof. Pass the roof on the right, then traverse left over the lip to pass the 2nd roof on the left, and another bolt. The crux is a long reach over the lip of the first roof. Head straight up, to another bolt, and then another low angle sloping ledge system. Belay here, or traverse right 15 feet to another belay with better bolts.
4. 5.7, PG. Head straight up from the right belay, clipping green bolts. This may not be part of the original Badalona route, but its not hard and surely much better protected than any other option. The angle eases up after a short bit of steeper climbing. Eventually a bolted belay below a right facing flake is reached.
5. 5.4, R. Head up to the right-facing flake, and follow it up to the big left-facing dihedral. There are no bolts through this section, but there are opportunities for natural gear if you have it. Traverse left below the left facing dihedral, passing two bolts, one sketchy and one bomber. After the second bolt, head right, over the dihedral, towards the cross on the summit. Belay off the cross.
Descent: Head over the top, and pick up the Via Ferrata cable. Follow this down to the shoulder between Gorro Frigi and its SW neighbor. Head down the gully to the SE towards the Tourist trail, with more Via Ferrata, reaching the Tourist trail in about 10 minutes.
Begin from the tourist trail. Locate an iron cross sticking out of a hole around 40 feet up. Start from a point about 15´left of here.
A small number of bolts, that are spaced far apart. All of the hard parts are well protected. There is a lot of unprotected traversing, so the second must be solid at the grade. A small rack would be useful to supplement the bolts.
Beginning up the easy final pitch of Badalona.
Finishing up P4, with the Monastery in the distanc...
Nearing the route's crux, a steep traverse between...
Pitch 1, with El Trencabarrals in the background. ...
Beginning up P1, with L'Elephant, etc in the backg...
Finishing up the crux third pitch, with Gorra Mari...
Feb 17, 2010
I have done this too, you have to go there early morning (in summer time) really cool lines you could find in Montserrat. in summer mostly every weekend I am going there. disadvantage for many is that not many books in English.
All the books I have is in Spanish, but if I have a chance will try to add few lines in English.
Last week I saw few climbers out there, even if it´s winter, some days can be warm enought to climb, only in some locations. this days lots of wind on the north face.
With Greetings from Barcelona
By Alec Korba
Oct 18, 2011
Does anyone want to climb this this weekend? I'll be coming in from The States looking for a partner. I have gear and can lead it.
By Andrew Stevens
Apr 1, 2013
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Great route, great mountain! :D It's Gorro Frigi though, not Girro Frigi.
Me a few pitches up on Badalona. Montserrat, Catalunya.
By David Shuey
From: San Diego, CA
Feb 11, 2014
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
This is a fun and classic route up a great rounded face. That said, the route follows the path of least resistance and rope drag is a major bummer the first two pitches. There are a few places to add a cam or sling a cobble, but even with long slings the drag is not worth the extra protection. Since the rock quality is great, I would recommend being confident at the grade and running it out the first two pitches for less drag and more fun. Pitches 3 and 4, are real gems as they follow a more direct line, clipping generous bolts as you pass. Pitch 5 is a scramble to the summit, but a real lovely summit it is! I would recommend a double rope rappel off the SE face towards the gully for a swifter descent. Overall it was a fun route, although because of the mediocre first two pitches I would recommend a newer, straighter line at a slightly harder difficulty, such as "Magic Line".